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As pregnancy-related deaths rise in Maryland and the U.S., local groups focus on maternal health

As pregnancy-related deaths rise in Maryland and the U.S., local groups focus on maternal health

An ensemble of nurses and therapists at Baltimore Healthy Start Inc. are trying to prevent moms from dying.

The East Baltimore nonprofit holds “belly buddy” classes that teach meditation, needlework and scrap-booking to ease stress. Nurses make home visits to check on moms’ well-being. Transportation and daycare are provided so pregnant women can get to checkups. Several weeks after delivery, moms are offered gift cards as an incentive to come back to the doctor’s office. Complications can take moms by surprise weeks after delivery.

“It’s an unsettling thing to bring a new life into the world and then die,” said Maxine Reed-Vance, Baltimore Healthy Start chief of clinical...

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